Rep. Frye’s bill to collect real-time jail data could soon be law

first_imgStatewide— State Rep. Randy Frye’s legislation to allow Indiana’s jails to report population data to a new statewide database could soon become state law. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, 77% of Indiana jails are either overcrowded or at maximum capacity. Frye stated this put strains on staff and local budgets, and poses security risks.Frye said the Indiana Sheriff’s Association is creating a statewide database with the capability to produce real-time data on who is in jail, why they are in jail and how long they have been or will be behind bars. Frye’s legislation would require all Indiana jails to use the database. “We found a number of differences among Indiana counties as to why jails are overcrowded,” Frye said. “With real-time data, leaders in criminal justice and legislators can identify problem areas and trends, and make data-driven decisions to address this statewide issue.”According to Frye, this legislation stems from a report written by the Indiana Jail Overcrowding Task Force, which he created to study jail overcrowding before the end of 2019. Going forward, the Indiana Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council would have the responsibility of studying jail overcrowding.The database will also be used to notify victims of crimes about an offender’s release, booking or transfer to another facility. The database is paid for by a grant from the Victims of Crime Act through the ICJI. House Enrolled Act 1346 now heads to the governor for consideration as a new law.last_img read more

Amai Sec. School, others for Semis

first_imgZENITH /DELTA STATE PRINCIPAL’S CUPFour secondary school teams have qualified for the semifinal in the ongoing Principals’ Cup football competition for Secondary Schools in Delta State sponsored by Zenith Bank.The schools are Idjerhe Grammar school, Amai secondary school, Master Care Int’l Sch Asaba and Ogbe-Ijaw Grammar school. In the quarterfinals, Idjerhe Grammar School defeated Jedo Secondary School 3-1, Amai Secondary School beat Igbuku Secondary School by 5-3 via penalties while Ogbe-Ijaw Grammar school also pipped Udu Secondary School. Otor-Udu 2-1.Master Care International Secondary School also booked a semifinal ticket courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Reverend Martins Memorials Secondary School Issele-Uku.The organisers of the event, Hideaplux Limited, Warri, on Thursday said the quarterfinal matches were interesting and keenly contested by all the eight teams.CEO of the outfit, Tony Pemu, said the competition had been great one for the youths of the state“It has been a fantastic competition and I expect the last four matches to be more interesting for the players and football fans in the state,” Pemu said.For the semifinals, Idjerhe Grammar school will meet Ogbe-Ijaw Grammar school in Sapele Stadium on Monday (May 15) while Amai secondary school will meet Master Care International School In Agbor Stadium on Tuesday (May 16).The final of the rejuvenated competition is scheduled for May 20 at the Utra Modern Stadium in Ozoro.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

END OF AN ERA

first_imgAssociated PressGREEN BAY ? Brett Favre has never been afraid to go against the grain, as evidenced by any of his varied and oft-utilized array of underhand passes. And on Tuesday it was proven once again, as the Green Bay Packers announced that the beloved Wisconsin icon called it a career, stunning teammates and diehard fans alike with his decision to retire on Monday night.?Brett has informed us of his decision to retire from the Green Bay Packers and the National Football League,? said Packers General Manager Ted Thompson. ?He’s had one of the greatest careers in the National Football League, and he’s able to walk away under his own terms. Very few NFL players are able to do that.?The past two offseasons have been full of worry and anxiety for Cheeseheads fearing Favre might not return to Lambeau Field for another season. Instead, he had a career renaissance last season, leading Green Bay to the NFC title game and a 13-3 regular season record, while passing for 4,155 yards, 28 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions.Now heir-apparent Aaron Rodgers presumably will be trusted to run the Packers’ offense.?Everybody is surprised. That is the general consensus,? McCarthy said. ?He played at such a high level this year that I think everyone to a man thought he was coming back.?Fans throughout Wisconsin were struggling to cope with the almost completely unexpected departure of the most beloved player in franchise history.?I think a lot of people are feeling a little bit slighted and caught off guard,? said lifelong Packer fan Jim Kamke of Shawano. ?Everyone would like to see him play again. But it?s his choice, and he?s earned it.?Favre cited mental fatigue and the lack of motivation to prepare for games and for a season as his reasons for not returning. He also chose not to speak to the media Tuesday, except for a voicemail he left ESPN correspondent Chris Mortensen.“I know I can still play, but it’s like I told my wife, I’m just tired mentally. I’m just tired,” Favre said in the voicemail message. ?The only way to come back and make that be the right decision would be to come back and win a Super Bowl. And honestly, the odds of that, they’re tough. Those are big shoes for me to fill, and I guess it was a challenge I wasn’t up for.?The only player to ever win three NFL MVP awards, Favre wraps up his career with 5,377 career completions in 8,758 attempts for 61,655 yards, 442 touchdowns and 288 interceptions, all of which are NFL records. He also led his teams to 160 wins ? the most ever for a quarterback ? and owns a Super Bowl XXXI ring from leading the Packers to a victory over the New England Patriots.?He has authored one of pro football?s great careers,? said Packer team president Mark Murphy. ?It?s a bittersweet time as we celebrate one of the NFL?s greatest all-time players.?Favre was known as the sport’s ?Ironman,? having started 253 consecutive regular season games ? 275 when factoring in the playoffs ? and was beloved by sports fans everywhere for his unbridled joy for the game.?Quite frankly, I think it’s the little boy in all of us,? Thompson said. ?I think he plays the game like you would if you were in a backyard and you were wearing Wrangler jeans. He loves to play the game. He loves the competition. I can’t say he loves getting hit, but he’s OK with it. He understands that’s part of the game.?He’s never been a fancy-pants quarterback that doesn’t like to mix it up. He likes to play the game, and I think he appreciates the people who play the game alongside of him. And I think people can relate to that.?Former Packer assistant coach and current NFL network analyst Steve Mariucci said, ?Throughout his 17 years, he never lost that feeling of playing the game for the first time. That’s what makes Brett Favre unlike any other player I have ever seen.?And while Favre?s career ended distastefully with an overtime interception that led to the Packers defeat in the NFC Championship at home, the lasting memory of Favre is not his final play but is instead overshadowed by many moments such as improvised passes, his boisterous touchdown celebrations and games such as his four-touchdown Monday Night performance against the Raiders on the night following his father?s death.?He truly was as gifted a player as I have ever seen,? Seattle head coach and former Packer coach Mike Holmgren said. ?And as proud and amazed as I am of what Brett has accomplished on the playing field, the thing that impresses me the most is what kind of a man and leader he has become off the field since I have known him. I have taken great joy in watching him develop as a person and father ? perhaps even more so ? than as a coach watching his quarterback.?last_img read more

Two Trojans selected in MLB Draft

first_imgTwo USC baseball players were taken in the Major League Baseball draft conducted late last week. Junior infielder James Roberts was drafted in the 15th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 441st overall pick, and senior second baseman Adam Landecker was drafted in the 21st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 629th overall selection.Professional hitter · Senior second baseman Adam Landecker led USC with a .351 batting average and drove in 25 runs in 2013. – Daily Trojan file photoRoberts was drafted in the 42nd round out of high school in 2010, and although he has a year of eligibility left at USC, it is unlikely he will return to school. Roberts hit .320 for USC while moving to third base midway through the season. He lead the team in both home runs (4) and RBI (28), and finished the year with a .429 slugging percentage and .379 on-base percentage.Landecker made All-Pac-12 honorable mention for his performance this year, leading the Trojans with a .351 batting average and finishing with 25 RBI, .480 slugging percentage and .401 on-base percentage, earning the nickname “Captain Clutch” for his timely hitting throughout the year.For USC, however, the bigger news came out of the potential commits that were drafted. First baseman Dominic Smith (Serra High School) was taken by the New York Mets with the 11th overall pick in the first round. Shortstop J.P. Crawford (Lakewood High School) went to the Phillies with the 16th overall selection in the first round. While both had committed to play at USC if they went to college, it is highly unlikely that either will.Third baseman Ryan McMahon (Mater Dei High School) went to the Colorado Rockies with the 42nd overall pick in the second round, and shortstop Riley Unroe (Mesa, Ariz., Desert Ridge High School) was also picked in the second round by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 60th overall pick. Both will have to decide whether to sign with their respective pro teams or head to USC for the three years that would be required of them should they not sign directly out of high school.Two more USC commits were also picked: first baseman Rowdy Tellez (Elk Grove High School) and catcher Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei). Tellez was expected to be picked in the first few rounds but inexplicably fell all the way to the 30th round, where he was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays. While not as highly touted as Tellez, Martinez also fell well below his expected slot, going in the 37th round to the Toronto Blue Jays. With their dramatic drops, both can be expected on campus next fall.last_img read more

Refs never saw angle viewers did on controversial possession call

first_imgIt might make you feel a little better about last night, or it might make the loss in the National Championship game even worse.Either way, earlier Tuesday, NCAA head of officials John Adams went on Sirius XM College Sports Nation and felt obligated to bring up the call on this controversial play late in the second half.The rest of the angles of the play were pretty inconclusive, but this slow-mo, up-close view of the ball tipping off Justise Winslow’s outstretched finger was the one that could have overturned the official’s initial decision. Except, they never saw it.“We have been told time and time again, ‘Nobody at home will see anything you didn’t see,’ and I will tell you that is not what happened last night,” Adams said in the interview with Tim Brando.The worst part about it is that Adams saw the angle after the referees had made their decision, but didn’t know if it was in his prerogative to stop the game to have the officials look at this other angle.He knew it was a big call, had the intuition that it could affect the game, but did nothing. Oops.I guess we’ll never know if it would’ve affected the outcome.Here’s the audio from the interview.last_img read more

Osa Masina removed from USC following suspension

first_imgOsa Masina, who is involved in multiple sexual assault investigations, has been removed from USC, attorney to his attorney – Photo courtesy USC Sports InformationSophomore linebacker Osa Masina has been removed from USC, his attorney said on Tuesday. The announcement comes just hours after it was announced that Masina and teammate redshirt sophomore Don Hill were suspended from all football activities.The two reserves are being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for sexual assault but have not been charged.“He’s now been removed from the school all together, not just the football team,” Salt Lake City-based attorney Greg Skordas said. “He’s not allowed to practice. He’s not even allowed to be on the campus.”Skordas said Masina was informed of the University’s decision on Friday and has since returned to his family in Utah.Earlier on Tuesday, head coach Clay Helton announced that both players would be suspended from the team.“Under the University’s further guidance, it has been decided that they have been suspended from participation with our football team,” head coach Clay Helton said Tuesday afternoon.Masina and Hill were not allowed to play in either of the Trojans’ first two games this season but were practicing with the team and permitted to attend team meetings.USC released a statement addressing the players’ suspension from the football team.“Based on additional information obtained by the University, Osa Masina and Don Hill have been suspended from participation with USC Athletics and the football team,” the statement said. “To protect the rights of the students and comply with federal privacy laws no other details will be provided.”Masina was served with a search warrant that allowed police to collect his iPhone and DNA samples on Aug. 25. He was suspended from the team’s season opener on Aug. 29 for an unspecified violation of team rules.Hill traveled with the team to Arlington for their season opener, but was sent home and did not play.Masina is also under investigation in Utah for a separate sexual assault case involving the same woman.last_img read more

Feast of gaelic games action in store

first_imgThe County Senior camogie final takes place in the Ragg at 12 noon when Drom Inch take on Burgess Duharra who have got the better of them over the last couple of years.The County senior hurling semi finals take place in Semple Stadium, at 1.30 Kilruane McDonaghs come up against Thurles Sarsfields for a place in the County final while at 3pm Drom Inch meet Nenagh Eire Og..Drom Co manager Martin Everard says its anyones game The Semi finals of the football championship take place as well and Clonmel Commercials take on Aherlow Gaels at 1pm in Cashel.Aherlow had a convincing 7 point win over Eire Og Annacarthy on Wednesday night and their manager Derry Peters said games are coming in quick succession. All this weekends action is brought to you by Alliance Medical’s new MRI centre in South Tipp General Hospitallast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter

first_img Enes Kanter says Zion Williamson is ‘overhyped,’ calls him ‘Julius Randle with hops’ There appears to be at least three teams interested in signing Enes Kanter.The Trail Blazers, Lakers and Celtics are all expected to pursue the 27-year-old center when free agency begins June 30, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics most likely landing spot for star “It’s amazing, like a first year of school,” Kanter told reporters shortly after signing with Portland. “I was actually nervous, but I think they help me a lot. Amazing locker (room). From the first moment that I stepped in everybody was trying to help, talking to me about lots of stuff. It’s become very easy.”The Lakers completed one of the biggest trades in NBA history earlier this month when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks. They’ll look to add multiple role players to surround Davis and LeBron James if they fail to sign a third star this offseason. Free agent center Enes Kanter is expected to receive interest from the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics on June 30, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2019Kanter began the season with the Knicks but was released after the trade deadline. He then signed with the Trail Blazers, where he averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 games.Kanter was also a reliable scorer in the playoffs for the Trail Blazers, who advanced to the Western Conference finals before falling to the Warriors in four games. Related News Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ talks to clear cap space ‘have gone nowhere’ The Celtics, meanwhile, will also need to retool their roster this summer as Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are both reportedly planning to sign elsewhere.Boston has reportedly explored trading for Steven Adams, Jrue Holiday and Clint Capela. It also has been linked to free agents Nikola Vucevic and Kemba Walker.last_img read more

Cincinnati recruit Zach Harvey carries big upside — and considerable risk

first_imgAnd, whether Cincinnati likes it, there is the rivalry with Xavier to consider. In such a crucible, with fans of the opposing side watching closely, misdeeds can often be amplified, and social media provide the tools to do the job.In such an atmosphere, it is Cincinnati basketball that is committed to Zach Harvey, even more so than he is to the program.Let’s hope it is for the better, not its opposite, for both player and program. The news arrived Thursday morning on Twitter, dressed up in red and black with a nice artistic touch: “COMMITTED,” it read in white letters, flanked below by the name Zach Harvey and an accompanying photo of him in a Cincinnati Bearcats uniform above.Around the same time, the University of Cincinnati sent out a news release announcing the basketball program had signed a scholarship agreement with Harvey, a four-star prospect ranked inside the top 50 in the 2020 class by 247Sports, before he’d reclassified to 2019. So maybe that reclassification explained why a top-50 recruit — the program’s sixth since 2003 — would be available to sign with a college as late as June 27. Maybe it would, but that’s not the whole story.MORE: Cincy hires Northern Kentucky’s John BrannenThe story is much more complicated, and it demonstrates the substantial risk Cincinnati is taking by bringing Harvey to campus. In October 2017, Harvey — then a junior at Hayden High in Topeka, Kansas — was charged with two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child regarding an incident that March.He was accused alongside two other Kansas prep athletes of, as Kansas.com reported, “having sexually explicit images or videos of a 15-year-old girl and encouraging the girl to perform sexually explicit acts last spring.”Last June, Harvey pleaded no contest to reduced charges, misdemeanors of endangering a child and breach of privacy. He played the 2018-19 season at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. He had been recruited by such programs as Creighton, Arizona State, Oregon, Ohio State and Gonzaga.The 6-4 shooting guard made a visit to Cincinnati recently, and the school decided to offer him the opportunity to join the Bearcats. Around the same time Harvey committed and the school put out its basic news release, it also shared a statement from athletic director Mike Bohn:“After a thorough review of the background and character of prospective University of Cincinnati men’s basketball student-athlete Zach Harvey, he signed a grant-in-aid agreement to enroll for the summer term at UC. Zach’s behavior two years ago while a 16-year-old was not representative of the standards to which we hold our current student-athletes, but during a recent on-campus visit, he took full ownership of his actions without making any excuses.“Zach recognizes it is a privilege to be a student-athlete at UC and it’s our expectation he will be an upstanding member of our campus community. We are working with Zach on a plan to ensure continued personal development along with his success as a student athlete. We will hold him accountable to this process and work to evaluate his progress. He is aware of these expectations and accepts he will be held to an even higher standard than his peers and there will be zero tolerance for any behavior during his time at UC which is inconsistent with our department’s guiding principles.”DECOURCY: Cincy could be coaching carousel loser if it doesn’t lock up CroninAt most major Division I schools, enrolling Harvey with this on his record would be risky. At Cincinnati, that risk is enhanced because of the program’s own history.The university obviously did not make the coaching change from Bob Huggins in 2006 to Mick Cronin because of wins and losses; it was looking for a cultural change, primarily because of a series of incidents involving player discipline. The Bearcats got that change in Cronin’s 13 years with the Bearcats, during which the team’s report cards improved and police reports disappeared.Bohn’s statement indicates Harvey now understands that even the slightest blunder — perhaps not so insignificant as a parking ticket, but just about anything north of that — will have enormous consequences. Because this is a major city, not a quiet college town that might be predisposed to keeping small indiscretions quiet.last_img read more

ISU economist says cost an issue in high-tech farming

first_imgAMES — An Iowa State University extension economist says high-tech farming methods aren’t something most farmers are trying.Alejandro Plastina says the issue is getting enough payback to make the investment. “Typically the investment required to be able to use those practices might be higher than traditional practices. They claim to be able to recover that investment cost and actually be more efficient and have lower costs,” Plastina says.He says those costs have held back its widespread use. “So far, precision agriculture is not a widespread as it could be — because mostly the initial investment required to use it,” he says.Plastina, who specializes in figuring the cost of production for farmers, says GPS tracking and other technology can give farmers a lot of information.  “I don’t think currently — especially mid-sized commercial farmers — are benefiting from all that extra big data information on Iowa fields,” Plastina says.He says farmers that get the data need to know how to use it. Other farmers can benefit by using the old-fashioned data they gather and putting that to use as they prepare for planting. “Look for opportunities to be more efficient in production –but also more efficient in marketing grains,” Plastina says. “In order to be a good marketer — you need to start with a good feeling for what the break-even price is for a particular operation.”Plastina says you can find a lot of information to help you make those calculations on the ISU Extension website.last_img read more